April 13, 2024


Crisis erupted last month after King Tupou VI abruptly withdrew “confidence and consent” for three ministries.

Some of Tonga’s top ministers have announced their resignations after a months-long constitutional crisis with the Pacific island nation’s powerful king.

Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni told parliament on Thursday that he would give up the role of defence minister, while Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, one of his key allies, would resign her ministerial roles for foreign affairs and tourism, conceding to the demands of King Tupou VI.

Sovaleni has reportedly recommended that Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, be appointed minister of defence and foreign affairs in their place, Radio New Zealand reported.

Tonga has been a constitutional democracy since the late 19th century, and the monarchy relinquished more power in democratic reforms in 2010.

Earlier this year, however, the king abruptly withdrew “confidence and consent” for appointments to three key ministries without explaining why.

Malakai Koloamatangi, a political scientist at the University of Fiji, told the AFP news agency that the crisis should be seen as part of long-running unreconciled tensions “between the position of the monarch and parliament executive”.

Initially, the prime minister refused to entertain the king’s demands, and legal advice from Tonga’s attorney general claimed the king’s move was unconstitutional.

The prime minister’s about-face followed fierce debates in parliament and after he denied allegations of insulting the king.

An official announcement on the cabinet reshuffle is expected to be made later on Thursday.

Tonga is an archipelago that is home to about 100,000 people.

The United States opened an embassy in Nuku’alofa last May, amid growing competition with China for influence in the Pacific islands.



Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Batman138 Bro138 Dolar138 Gas138 Gudang138 Hoki99 Ligaciputra Panen77 Zeus138 Kilat77 Planet88 Gaspol168 Sikat88 Rupiah138 Garuda138 Gacor77 Roma77 Sensa138 Panen138 Slot138 Gaco88 Elanggame Candy99 Cair77 Max7 Best188 Space77 Sky77 Luxury777 Maxwin138 Bosswin168 Cocol88 Slot5000 Babe138 Luxury138 Jet77 Bonanza138 Bos88 Aquaslot Taktik88 Lord88 Indobet Slot69 Paus138 Tiktok88 Panengg Bingo4d Stars77 77dragon Warung168 Receh88 Online138 Tambang88 Asia77 Klik4d Bdslot88 Gajah138 Bigwin138 Markas138 Yuk69 Emas168 Key4d Harta138  Gopek178 Imbaslot Imbajp Deluna4d Luxury333 Pentaslot Luxury111 Cair77 Gboslot Pandora188 Olxtoto Slotvip Eslot Kuy138 Imbagacor Bimabet